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New Tipper added to successful Nissan Diesel Quon Range

Date: 27 Nov 2008 Author Type: Press Release
Author: Nissan Diesel
Source: Nissan Diesel

With the launch of its new Quon range during March this year, Nissan Diesel South Africa (NDSA) has strengthened its position as one of South Africa’s leading extra heavy truck manufacturers.

The company is continuing with its rollout of this flagship range as it introduces the UD390 WD 6x4 tipper during October. The launch follows shortly after Nissan Diesel’s announcement that it will fit tipper bodies at its Rosslyn plant as part of its assembly process. 

With the Quon model range, NDSA has balanced the quest for innovation and advancement in extra heavy trucking, with its objective to only introduce appropriate technology in the local market.  The company’s focus has been on increasing their extra heavy trucks’ operational performance, improving comfort, safety and offering a more environmentally friendly product range.

The Nissan Diesel UD390 WD vehicle boasts 286kW of power, a 7-speed transmission, and 300-litre fuel tank and replaces the UD 290 as the vehicle of choice for especially the construction and mining industries.

In contrast to its predecessor, the UD 390 WD features a new and improved GE13 TB engine, offering 73kW (34%) more power, 520 Nm (43%) more torque, ultra high pressure injectors, electronically controlled unit injectors, improved combustion efficiency and optimum performance and fuel usage.

Built according to the more stringent Euro 2 exhaust emissions specifications, this vehicle incorporates a redesigned boreless turbo charger, as opposed to a through bore on the UD 290. In terms of economy, the UD 390 WD sports a new aerodynamic design, which lowers air resistance, as well as an increased cab tilt angle of 65 degrees.

As in all vehicles, safety is an all-important concern, and Nissan Diesel has done their utmost to ensure that this vehicle was equipped with the most up-to-date safety features. In this regard the UD 390 WD comprises a stronger, more durable cab structure, stronger floor and bumper frames, a shock absorbing steering column and wheel, fog lamps, headlight height adjustment, bigger side windows and ABS. 

Driver comfort has also been taken into consideration as Nissan Diesel invested in a new front and rear cab mounting system for the UD 390 WD, which offers increased stability, as well as reduced rolling, pitching, shock, vibration and cab shake. While the cockpit has received a new ergonomically designed look and feel, the driver’s seat has also been redesigned with improved reclining and sliding angles, increased lateral travel, as well as armrests.

In addition, the new instrument panel is arranged around the driver and the multi assistant’s seat lifts up to provide standing room while the backrest folds forward to create a spacious flat surface next to the centre console.

The UD 390’s cab has been designed to offer 51 mm more length, 100mm more head clearance, 235mm more head room to the overhead tray and 115 mm more head room to the front windscreen due to the eight degree screen tilt.

Other superb features of this new and improved vehicle include improved harness and wiring protection, a lockable fuel cap to protect against fuel theft, new air-conditioning, central locking by key and a new redesigned air suspension cab.

All these features work together to ensure higher levels of comfort, less fatigue and increased productivity.  Furthermore, the first of the three access steps is now fixed to the chassis, and step lamps have been mounted on the driver’s side.

“We want to contribute to our customers’ success by providing dependable products and services, and by offering more effective lifecycle costs than our competitors,” said Johan Richards, chief operating officer at Nissan Diesel South Africa. “With the introduction of each new Quon model, we are taking great care to ensure that we provide a high quality product that will sustain our objective of providing the highest possible level of durability, and ultimately giving customers as much up-time as possible.”

Nissan Diesel has to this effect introduced mechanisms to ensure that the cost of maintenance is competitive and the company also promotes the use of genuine parts to ensure a better component life expectancy.

Based on the principles of Nissan Diesel’s vision of Ultimate Dependability, Quon offers a new transport solution for the African continent.  Quon, the ‘eternal flow of time’ is the evolutionary fusion of the past, created for the transportation needs of the future.

Tipper Body Building

Nissan Diesel South Africa has started the fitment of tipper bodies at its Rosslyn plant in September.  Local company, Top Trailers and the Japanese ShinMaywa group will be supplying the tipper bodies to NDSA.   Top Trailers currently holds a 40% share of the South African tipper body manufacturing market. 

“The four tipper body variants we are fitting was specifically engineered and developed to suit our customers’ exacting requirements and the tough local operating conditions,” said Richards.  “Through this new development, we are able to deliver complete vehicles to customers in a shorter turnaround time, while guaranteeing quality according to the world-class standards of Nissan Diesel.  Additional benefits to customers include a more cost-effective end product, a vehicle equipped for immediate operation and guaranteed one-stop aftermarket support by our nationwide dealer network.”

A further advantage offered by NDSA is the fact that customers will be issued with registration, weighbridge and bodybuilding certificates upon purchase, eliminating the risk of road traffic offences.

“Nissan Diesel is committed to provide customised solutions to our customers and offering more unique value added products and services,” said Richards.  “We believe that this new venture will go a long way in ensuring that our customers continue to enjoy a seamless buying experience with us.”

Tipper Body Specifications

TOP TRAILERS

 

10m3 General Purpose Tipper Body

 

Material:

Constructed from Domex Wear 650 MPA

Front of body tipping system: 

Telescopic cylinder

Tailgate Operation:

Auto lock

Dimensions

 

Length:

4 200mm

Width: 

2 370mm

Height:

1 120mm

Floor Thickness:

6 mm

Side Thickness:

4 mm

Close Couple PTO:

270 Nm

 

 

Cylinder Type:

Penta, telescopic 3-stage

Tipping Time:

30 Seconds at 1 000 rpm

Weight Distribution

 

FA:

4 320 kg

RA:

5 820 kg

Total tare:

10 140 kg

Payload:

14 200 kg

 

 

 

SHINMAYWA

 

10m3 General Purpose Tipper Body

 

Material:

Constructed from Mild Steel

Scissor Type System:

Under Body

Tailgate Operation:

Auto lock

Dimensions:

 

Length:

4 700mm

Width:

2 200mm

Height:

970mm

Floor Thickness: 

6 mm

Side Thickness:

4.5 mm

PTO:

270 Nm

 

 

Hydraulic Oil Capacity:

38litres

Pump:

80litre/ min (200bar-max)

Cylinder Type:

ShinMaywa (200x931mm)

Tipping Time:

30 Seconds at 1 000 rpm

Weight Distribution

 

FA:

4130 kg

RA:

6 000 kg

Total tare:

10 130 kg

Payload:

14 200 kg

 

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